Bond revoked on former APSO deputy after more charges of juvenile pornography
Todd Tripp, 26 of St. Amant, was arrested for the fourth time on charges of computer-aided solicitation of a minor and pornography involving a juvenile on March 26. On Monday, March 30, his bond was revoked after bond hearing in the courtroom of the Honorable Judge Jesse LeBlanc at the Ascension Parish Courthouse in Gonzales.
During court proceedings, a filing from 23rd JDA Assistant District Attorney Joni Buquoi asked that bond be revoked due to the number of previous arrests and the number of increasing charges against Tripp. Judge LeBlanc ordered bond revoked on previous charges and that Tripp be held without bond on new charges stemming from his most recent arrest.
Tripp’s latest arrest was for one count of pornography involving a juvenile and one count of computer-aided solicitation of a minor. The investigation is not complete and more charges may be filed at a later date.
In the arrest, detectives received information from the Germantown Police Department in Germantown, Tennessee that they were investigating Tripp who had been in contact with a 13-year-old male juvenile who resides in Germantown and exchanging comments of sexual nature with the juvenile.
On March 16, APSO detectives conducted a search warrant at Tripp’s residence based on the investigation from the Germantown Police Department, seizing all of his computers, digital media, and cell phones, added Lt. Col. Webre.
As the investigation continued, detectives began an analysis of the seized items and located a nude photo of a young female juvenile. Further analysis confirmed that Tripp was communicating with the 13-year-old male juvenile from Germantown via social media. It was learned that Tripp had been discussing with the 13-year-old juvenile the possibility of traveling to Tennessee to visit him in an upcoming trip that never occurred via social media.
In 2013, Tripp was arrested on charges of, indecent behavior with a juvenile, multiple counts of possession of child pornography, computer-aided solicitation of a minor, and carnal knowledge of a juvenile.
On March 28, the 23rd JDA and District Attorney Ricky Babin released a statement saying they have been made aware of the fourth arrest of Tripp via the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office on Thursday, March 26, for further pornography involving a juvenile and computer-aided solicitation of a minor charges.
The District Attorney's office filed a motion for Tripp's bond to be revoked on March 28.
“These charges are being taken seriously, and the District Attorney's office will be prosecuting this case to the fullest extent of the law,” Charlotte Guedry said, public information officer after the latest arrest.